It’s happening. After years of tedious technical groundwork, the gorgeous future of PC displays finally—finally—materialized at CES 2017. At this year’s gadget show, a wave of fresh standards emerged to bring luscious high dynamic range image support to computers.
So what’s the big deal? A quick glance at any current HDR TV—like the Samsung 9800—should make the technology’s benefits instantly apparent. High dynamic range greatly expands a display’s contrast and color range, resulting in vibrant, more accurate colors that “pop” against HDR’s deeper, more accurate blacks. Indeed, to most peoples’ eyes, the visual impact of HDR is far more impressive than the sheer pixel mass of a 4K resolution—not that the difference matters much, as industry sources hint that many (but not all) PC-bound HDR monitors will sport 4K resolutions as well.